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At Last Minute, SpaceX Aborts Rocket Launch

Experiment now postponed until Friday morning

(Newser) - With just one minute to go before SpaceX's 6:20am ET launch of a Falcon 9 rocket in what would be a rather remarkable test of reusing rocket components , the space agency called off the mission at Cape Canaveral. The Los Angeles Times reports that a problem with the... More »

SpaceX Capsule Full of Experiments Lands

High seas had delayed its return; another launch set for tomorrow

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth. The unmanned Dragon capsule parachuted yesterday into the Pacific, west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. It departed the International Space Station earlier in the day with 3,300 pounds of gear for NASA, including valuable science samples. More »

Humbled Dragon Docks With ISS

Capsule had suffered glitch after takeoff, SpaceX salvages mission

(Newser) - The Dragon capsule arrived safely at the International Space Station today, delivering a ton of supplies, after a shaky, nerve-wracking start to its mission . The Dragon's arrival was one day late but especially sweet—and not because of the fresh fruit on board for the station astronauts who snared... More »

Dragon Exits ISS, Heads Home

Will land in Pacific Ocean this afternoon

(Newser) - SpaceX's Dragon capsule is headed Earth-ward after astronauts aboard the International Space Station released it this morning, reports the AP . The unmanned capsule is laden with some 2,000 pounds of experiments and old equipment, notably some 500 frozen samples of astronaut blood and urine taken over the past... More »

SpaceX Rockets Into History—Again

1st cargo delivery set to arrive at ISS Wednesday

(Newser) - It was quite the night for privately owned SpaceX: For the first time, a US-built, robotic spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station to deliver cargo. The launch follows a successful May test flight to the ISS. SpaceX's Dragon capsule took off from Cape Canaveral at... More »

SpaceX Seeks Space Flight Holy Grail

California company plans first-ever reusable rocket

(Newser) - Flying a capsule to the International Space Station was apparently just the beginning. The California company SpaceX is also refashioning its Dragon spacecraft to ferry astronauts, and planning to launch a huge new 23-story rocket from an Air Force base near Santa Barbara. Executives say they're even working... More »

Astronauts Enter the Dragon

World's first commercial supply ship has 'new car' smell

(Newser) - Space station astronauts floated into the Dragon today, a day after its heralded arrival as the world's first commercial supply ship. NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, the first one inside the docked capsule, said the Dragon looks like it carries about as much cargo as his pickup truck back home... More »

SpaceX Capsule Docks at Space Station

Dragon capsule successfully captured by space station astronauts

(Newser) - The privately bankrolled Dragon capsule made a historic arrival at the International Space Station today, triumphantly captured by astronauts wielding a giant robot arm. SpaceX is the first private company to accomplish such a feat: a commercial cargo delivery into the cosmos. "This really is, I think, going to... More »

SpaceX Pulls Successful 'Fly-By' of Space Station

Dragon capsule comes within 1.5 miles in anticipation of docking

(Newser) - So far, so good for SpaceX : Its Dragon capsule came within 1.5 miles of the International Space Station today, in preparation for docking with it tomorrow. The fly-by, performed as the capsule orbited Earth at around 17,000mph, was confirmed by NASA, the Los Angeles Times reports. Now,... More »

SpaceX Rockets Into History

Dragon capsule headed for space station packed with supplies

(Newser) - This time around the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket did indeed blast into history on an earth-shaking column of rumbling flame. After a last-minute aborted mission just two days earlier, the first-ever private spacecraft rocketed toward the International Space Station, its Dragon capsule packed with 1,000 pounds of food, supplies,... More »

SpaceX Counts Down to Maiden ISS Mission

Private space firm hopes to dock Dragon next week

(Newser) - Commercial space firm SpaceX may be just days away from going where no private company has gone before: the International Space Station. The company is preparing to send its unmanned Dragon capsule on a mission to supply the ISS with 1,100 pounds of food, water, and other cargo. The... More »

Private Spaceship to Attempt to Reach Orbit, Return

NASA's future could hinge on Elon Musk's SpaceX launch

(Newser) - Elon Musk’s SpaceX firm is ready to boldly go where no non-governmental entity has gone before. Tomorrow, the company will launch what, if all goes well, will be the first private spacecraft to reach orbit, and then return to earth. The spacecraft, dubbed the "Dragon," won’t... More »

Private Rocket Goes Into Orbit

SpaceX craft 's success boosts NASA's post-shuttle plans

(Newser) - A multimillionaire's test rocket blasted off this afternoon on its maiden voyage and succeeded in reaching orbit in a dry run for NASA 's push to go commercial. After one aborted launch, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket achieved Earth orbit 9 minutes into the flight as planned, according to the company's... More »

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